Music has been a part of my life for so long I couldn’t imagine life without it. To say that is has changed my life is inaccurate, because it is such an integral part of it, my life would be empty without it. Music is so powerful it can change your with the emotional cues contained within, but it can also elicit memories that you associate with it. In this way it can bridge language barrier, being a universal language unto itself.
Probably the most effective way in which music affects my life is in dealing with grief. My uncle recently passed away after suffering from ALS, and what got me through was being able to sit with my guitar and create music that portrayed my emotions. Even if no one heard the music, I was able to communicate how I felt and come to terms with the situation.
There have been many difficult times in my life that have been made easier because of my immersion into music. Being able to pour my emotions into something and effectively purge them is something that may have even saved my life in some ways.